Hats in the Park

Zoom 2019 Hats in the Park chairs Kelley Young and Laura Wareing Wheless.

2019 Hats in the Park chairs Kelley Young and Laura Wareing Wheless.

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Hats in the Park 2019 Recap

It was the second official day of spring, and the McGovern Centennial Gardens were in full bloom in preparation for Hats in the Park, the Conservancy’s annual fundraising luncheon. On Thursday, March 21, event co-chairs Laura Wareing Wheless and Kelley Young planned a “tea with best friends in the garden” affair, honoring Jane Curtis and topped off –of course—with beautiful hats. More than 400 guests, outfitted in frocks and hats that rivaled the beauty of the Gardens around them, gathered for a champagne reception around the Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion before heading on to the tented Centennial Green for an al-fresco lunch prepared by City Kitchen. The luncheon exceeded fundraising goals, ultimately bringing in more than $400,000 to support Hermann Park Conservancy’s initiatives to improve and protect Hermann Park for future generations.

Check out coverage of the event below.

Houston Chronicle - Ladies who luncheon host "tea with best friends," raise $400,000 for Hermann Park Conservancy

PaperCity Magazine - Beautifully Sublime and Playfully Ridiculous Hats Make Houston’s Loveliest Tradition Better Than Ever